ALI LANDRY Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Ali Germaine Landry                                                           
Born: 21 July 1973 Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA                                     
Ali Germaine Landry (born July 21, 1973) is a former Miss USA (1996), model and     
actress. She is recognized as the Doritos Girl from her popular 1998 Super Bowl     
commercial. In 1998, she was named by People magazine as one of 50 most             
beautiful people in the world.                                                       
Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. This southern region of Louisiana is     
referred to as "Acadiana," the heart of Cajun country. Landry is of French (Cajun)   
and Spanish descent. She graduated from Cecilia High School in 1991. She             
attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) (now University of           
Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL)) and was majoring in Mass Communications. She is a         
sister member of Kappa Delta Sorority.                                               
Her first foray into pageantry came in 1990 when she was crowned Miss Louisiana     
Teen USA. The pageant is directed by RPM Productions. She represented               
Louisiana in the Miss Teen USA 1990 pageant held in Biloxi, Mississippi in July     
1990, where she placed seventh.                                                     
In 1995, Landry won the Miss Louisiana USA 1996 title, becoming the first former     
Miss Louisiana Teen USA to win the Miss title. She went on to compete in the         
Miss USA 1996 pageant, which was broadcast live from South Padre Island, Texas       
in February 1996 — she placed third highest after the preliminary competition     
and second highest on average during the final event. She was the highest placed     
of the finalists and eventually went on to win the Miss USA 1996 title. She was     
the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to win the title (although her               
predecessor Shanna Moakler, previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1992, had         
inherited the Miss USA title from Chelsi Smith the year before.                     
Landry went on to compete in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas in     
May that year. She placed highest on average after the presentation show, and       
was ranked second in the evening gown and interview events during the final         
competition. She however, only placed seventh in the swimsuit competition. She       
was second going in to the final round of six delegates, but fell to sixth after     
the judge's panel questions.                                                         
Until 1999, Landry was the only former Miss Teen USA delegate to compete at Miss     
Universe. Her record at all three pageants was not surpassed until 2000 when         
Miss USA 2000, Lynnette Cole made the top 5 at all three pageants.                   
Landry has done much modeling for photographers and magazines. As a spokeswoman     
for the Doritos chips brand, she appeared in celebrated TV commercials airing       
during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Super Bowl football games. She was named by "People" 
magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998. Her house         
was featured on E!'s celebrity homes and on MTV's Cribs. She has been listed as     
one of FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World numerous times. She was         
twice named on Stuff Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women list. has named her     
one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women and 99 Most Desirable Women in the World.         
In 2002, she hosted the second season of the hidden-camera series Spy TV. From       
2003 to 2006, she was a regular cast member of the UPN sitcom Eve.                   
Landry has participated in the show Fear Factor, and was runner up. She is an       
avid athlete and also participated in the Boston Marathon.